Indoor air quality has a significant effect on your family’s health. If you suspect that your indoor air isn’t as clean as it could be, then you should add these four items to your home. They can reduce allergy and asthma attacks while creating an overall healthier environment.
Proper ventilation can play a key role in cleaning your home’s air. When air sits for too long, it can become stagnant while it collects dust, pet dander, pollen, and other allergens. Common sources of stagnant air include imbalanced HVAC systems, wind that only strikes one side of your house, and poorly installed vents.
Having attic vents installed is one of the easiest ways to improve air circulation. You can also install exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathroom to eliminate smoke, moisture, and unwanted odors. You can also open your windows to improve circulation, but that only works well during comfortable weather.
The planet relies on trees and other plants to generate the oxygen that people breathe. Studies show that some plants can also remove excess carbon dioxide and pollutants from the air. Planting more trees and shrubs outside could potentially improve the world’s air quality. You can apply the same logic to the air inside your home.
Some plants can improve indoor air quality better than others, so you should take a strategic approach to buying plants for your house. Some of the best houseplants for cleaning air include:
- Aloe vera
- Spider plants (Chlorophytum comosum)
- Gerbera daisies (Gerbera jamesonii)
- Golden pothos (Scindapsus aures)
- Weeping figs (Ficus benjamina)
Place these plants throughout your home to remove pollutants and allergens. You may want to put larger plants in corners or hang them from ceilings. Smaller plants can fit on shelves. As long as you give your plants the right amount of water and sunlight, they’ll work hard to clean your air.
Most dehumidifiers don’t contain filters that will clean the air, but removing excess moisture from the air makes it harder for some allergens to exist inside your home. Mold, for instance, needs a wet environment to thrive. When you dry the air, the mold can’t grow. A dehumidifier can also reduce the presence of dust mites and mildew.
Himalayan Salt Lamp
Himalayan salt lamps offer an innovative approach to cleaning indoor air. These specialized lamps are exactly what they sound like large chunks of salt with electric light bulbs inside. The salt used to make these lamps attracts water molecules in the air through a process called hygroscopy. Many of those water molecules trap pollutants that tarnish your home’s clean air.
Placing Himalayan salt lamps throughout your house will improve the indoor air quality. If you don’t want to place one in every room, concentrate on the areas where your family spends most of its time.
If anyone in your family suffers from watery eyes, itchy noses, and other common allergic reactions, you need to add these four essentials items to your home as soon as possible.
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